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Portumna, by J. D. with Engraving, after a Draw-
Tales -Characteristic, and descriptive of the manners,
177 customs and superstitions of our Peasantry-the
Wake-No. I. by G. J. with a humorous Wood En-
THOMAS AND JOHN COLDWELL, 50, CAPEL-STREET.
Sketched for the Irish Penny Magazine, by SAMUF.L LOV RR, Esq. R. H. A.
It has its courses of every science, except those which might be
materially useful; it has its lectures on all history but that of Sirs—I have often and deeply regretted that Irish literature the country with which its members are to be legally and conshould be so long consigned to utter oblivion. Every capability stitutionally connected. But I trust the day is not far distant of the sister island has been developed ; every epoch of its when our venerated “Alma Mater" shall be redeemed from history has its annalist; every townland its historian; every ruin this reproach, and the inestimable treasures of her library and its individual antiquary; yet, even in this age of intellectual manuscript room from oblivion and decay. advancement, although Ireland offers an abundance of interest- In the series of “Topographical Notices” which I have set ing subjects, authentic evidences, and accessible materials, no apart from my compilations for your Magazine, I have selected high road has been opened to her history, and all knowledge all that I thought could be generally useful, or interesting in of those revolutions which, as a popular Review (Edinburgh, reference to the subjects chosen,-as to the local situations and vol. xlvi. p. 433,) remarks,“ hold out lessons far more pre- advantages, their natural or artificial curiosities, the eminent cious, far `morc forcible, and far more immediately applicable persons who have been born or resided within them, &c. In than all that is elsewhere recorded in the annals of mankind," the instances of bishoprics, their incomes, patronage, records, is yet only snatched in paths and bye-ways, a fatality the more &c. shall be set forth; in those of parishes, the nature of the singular, as there is no other point of literature, regarding the benefice shall be shewn, whether rectory, vicarage, or curacy, British Empire, so novel, so natural, so needed. Even our in what diocese, in whose gift, what sum, if any, it contrionly Trish University has been founded in a spirit that ex- butes to the first fruits, the acreable extent of the parish, its duded native literature. The anathema still continues. !t population, superficial appearance, and general description; its bas its professorships of every language, but that which is liability to, or exemption from tithes, the architecture and most ossentially necessary for communicating with the people. state of the churches, chapels, abbeys, &c., within its scope,